Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - December

Friday, 4 December

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Buying a Binocular for Skygazing B.R.A.S. President and asteroid discoverer Merrill Hess will illustrate what to look for in a binocular used to magnify the treasures of the sky! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 5 December

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Clouds Clouds should be appreciated. From the glowing beauty of the noctilucents to the clunky, imposing lenticulars...clouds are Cadets’ friends! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 11 December

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Star of Bethlehem What exactly occurred in the Middle East 2000 years ago? Can modern scientific calculations shed light on the puzzle? LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer will use current theory to take the audience step-by-step toward the solution to the mystery. If you've never experienced this lecture before, don’t miss out. This is Professor Schaefer’s thirteenth consecutive year bringing this incredible presentation to HRPO patrons. During his career he has published in “Sky & Telescope” magazine, discovered a long-lost ancient atlas, appeared on a National Geographic program and earned an invitation to the Nobel Physics Prize ceremony! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 12 December

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Storms! There are the cute spring showers that wet the garden’s whistle and keep us indoor reading. Then there are the violent lightning-bringers that have spotters reporting via ham radio and local forecasters issuing warnings. Cadets know—storms are never dull! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Solar Viewing Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun in three different manners will occur during this time period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Ophiuchus at a maximum altitude of 37°. [No admission fee. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday, 13 December

9:00 pm to 1:00 am: Geminid Meteor Shower For this one night, patrons are invited to count the streaks in the skies above HRPO. The Geminids are one of the most reliable meteor shower of the year, caused by debris from the asteroid Phaethon. Let’s spot some earthgrazers! Visitors must follow all rules and regulations. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 18 December

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: 2016 Preview Party 2016 holds several major wonders…Mars’ Closest Approach and the Transit of Mercury among them. This gathering showcases what lies in store for next year’s skygazer. Drinks and refreshments, marshmallow roast, physical science demonstrations, including two new demos acquired during this year’s Donation Drive—the Jupiter Rotating Globe and the Van de Graaf Generator! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 19 December

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 3 Continuing our long-standing tradition of periodic “trips” to the ISS, Cadets will study the stay of Commander Frank Culbertson and his colleagues, then construct on a circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 67% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 64°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday, 29 December and Wednesday, 30 December

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Winter Rocket Camp The rockets this go-round will be the trusty E2X and the very tall Sky Writer! [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Rocketeer; $66.00 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 05:08 PM.